Improving Student Writing: A Read/Write Model

Many high school graduates are ill-equipped to write in a professional capacity or at a college level. While high school graduates are better equipped in reading, many struggle with the texts they will encounter in the workforce or attending college. This project was created to answer the question: How can a high school teacher use a writing workshop model including mentor texts in conjunction with free, independent reading to improve student writing? The project is a 3-week series of lesson plans that utilizes mentor texts and independent reading for students to create their own narrative writing. The project used research to establish the systematic problem of limited writing and reading skills of high school graduates. Furthermore, the research suggested the use of mentor texts, offered grouping strategies, and encouraged the use of free, independent reading. Upon completion of the unit, students will have created their own narrative writing and be equipped to begin writing longer narrative pieces such as a personal narrative..